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A moving staircase consisting of an endlessly circulating belt of steps driven by a motor, conveying people between the floors of a public building.
- ‘It will also have 12 lifts and 22 escalators to whisk cinema-goers from the bottom to the top of the building in only seven minutes.’
- ‘By 4.12 pm, they were on the escalator to the first floor of the ladies' department.’
- ‘The station will see an upgrade, with more parking spaces, escalators, more lifts, a new travel centre and new lounges.’
- ‘The idea of having all parking underground, connected directly to the shops by lifts and escalators, works well elsewhere in this country and abroad.’
- ‘Take the escalator to the third floor for all the photographic equipment.’
- ‘We arrived at the department store and made our way, on the escalators, to the top of the building, which was partly under construction.’
- ‘Other improvements are planned, including elevators and escalators designed to make it easier to get in and out.’
- ‘We made our way up the escalator to the restaurant on the top floor, admiring the breathtaking view as we ascended.’
- ‘The two pass each other briefly on an escalator leading to a public bathroom.’
- ‘Vicki stepped off the escalator, waited for him to do the same, and then motioned ahead.’
- ‘Again elevators, escalators, and stairs are available to move from one level to the next.’
- ‘Sunlight streamed into the building illuminating the two escalators in the center of the large foyer.’
- ‘They went up the escalator to the second floor and found themselves in the electronics department.’
- ‘Hayley stopped on the top step of the escalator, trying not to sound as confused as she felt.’
- ‘What drives me crazy are the people who step off the escalator and then just stand there.’
- ‘Images submitted to the committee show a modern open-plan mall on two floors with escalators and coffee shops.’
- ‘I managed to step aside so that I could descend the escalator several steps behind them.’
- ‘The train station is underneath the terminal so you just descend to the platforms by escalators or lifts.’
- ‘Can you imagine what it would be like to step onto an escalator for the first time when you were an adult?’
- ‘Even if you can't get out to walk, bike or swim, take stairs instead of elevators and escalators.’
Early 20th century (originally US, as a trade name): from escalade ‘climb a wall by ladder’ (from escalade), on the pattern of elevator.
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